Monday, 25 April 2011

Two Flowery CAS Challenge Cards - Craft For Life Campaign

I've made two CAS cards today which I will donate to the Cancer Research UK Craft for Life campaign.  I took a bunch of cards into the shop last week so I need to build up a stash again.  The first card was for this weeks Less Is More 'Off Centre' challenge.  The flowery frame is from a Hero Arts clear set.  I stamped it twice, once direct to the card front and again on a piece of SU! Barely Banana CS.  I cut the banana piece out, stamped a doily background on it in banana ink and then stamped the sentiment.  I added three small punched flowers with gem centres.  I coloured the flowery frame elements with SU! marker pens.  To finish off, I rounded all the corners.  The stamped corner is quite busy in design but it's surrounded by lots of white space which contrasts with the busyness.  I think it still qualifies as a Less Is More, CAS design - doesn't it?!

Today's CAS116 challenge on Splitcoast Stampers is the Artist's Rule of 3.  I have 3 button blooms on my card, I added 3 leaves, I used 3 colours for my blooms and I added 3 gems to my punched Photo Corner.  I started off by stamping 3 flower stems at different heights and added the leaves.  I stamped the flower button in Marina Mist, Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry inks and cut them out.  I punched the button holes and threaded thin strips of CS through the holes.  Then to add some dimension I added 3 3/4" punched circles behind each flower shaped button.  The buttons are popped up on Dimensionals on top of 1 1/4 " punched circles.  The sentiment was stamped in Rich Razzleberry - I love this Hero Arts sentiment!  To finish off the card, I added Marina Mist and Melon Mambo punched photo corners and I popped on 3 clear gems.  It really doesn't look like I'm going to get tired of the fab Button, Button set any time soon, I LOVE it! 

I know I put effort into making the buttons look more realistic and dimensional so maybe this card isn't a truly 'Less Is More' design but it bothers me to have naked buttons!  This is ever since I took part in the online Simply Great Card Design class run by the wonderful CAS queen Julie Ebersole who had one rule - "no nekkid buttons!"

Supplies for Fabulous Birthday card:
Stamps: Hero Arts Thanks So Much clear set, Hero Arts Rectangle Doily & Fabulous Birthday
CS: Anita's A6 white card blank, SU! Barely Banana CS
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, SU! Barely Banana, various colour SU! marker pens
Tools:  XCut Mini Flower punch, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Embellishments & accessories: PaperMania Adhesive Gems

Supplies for Everything Wonderful card:
Stamps: SU! Petal Pizzazz & Button, Button sets, Hero Arts Lots of Wonderful
CS: Anita's A6 white card blank, SU! Marina Mist, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry
Ink: SU! Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! Photo Corners, 3/4" circle & 1 1/4" circle punches, tiny hole punch for button holes
Embellishments & accessories: clear gems, SU! Dimensionals



Chrissie said...

Love your "Less is More" card Ruth, it certainly is CAS and it certainly off centre! It's a fabulous card.
Thanks so much for joining us again!
Lady LIM
"Less is More"

Dolly Daydreams said...

Both are so lovely , clean and crisp and very dynamic, perfection !


Dolly Daydreams said...

Just viewed your gallery stunning work.


JeNjOy said...

Lovely LIM card.
jenjoy x

Kathyk said...

Smashing and such lovely colours too


Jenny said...

both cards are great but the LIM card is fab and very striking :)
Jenny x

Susan said...

Very lovely LIM card...simply FAB!

Mandi said...

Stunning card, so pretty
I love the other modern flowers one too its really
Thanks so much Ruth
Diva LIM
Less is More

Carol said...

Love your LIM card. Carol x

Suze Bain said...

Two super cards, the LIM one is 'fabulous' very bright and sunny. x

Aileen said...

two lovely cards. Bright and funky! x

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

I think the yellow is perfect with the first card, adds such a brightness to the card.

Anonymous said...

nice bright coloured cards

Lynne said...

Two fabulous cards, love them both.
Lynne xxx

kelly said...

as ever love your cards ruth!! great sentiments.
kelly xx

sasa said...

Two great cards full of freshness and zing!

thanks for sharing!
Sarah at 182

Wishcraft said...

Both gorgeous cards! Love the bright colours and fab sentiments :o) Lisa x